Techstars Startup Weekend
12th November 2021 - 14th November 2021
17:45 Doors open
18:00 Event commence
21:00 Event close
PL1 4PS, Plymouth, Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

Market Hall, Duke St, Devonport, Plymouth. PL1 4PS

Calling innovators & changemakers: build a startup in 54 hours!

About this event

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What is a Techstars Startup Weekend?

  • Techstars is a global community of local event organisers in more than 100 cities worldwide, supporting and empowering budding entrepreneurs
  • A startup weekend is a 3-day programme designed for those who want to learn how to start their own business or gain vital entrepreneurship skills they can use in their current role
  • Transform your rough idea into a business model in just 54 hours, then pitch your idea (or an idea you are passionate about) to a panel of judges
  • Network, collaborate, learn new skills
  • Then get a certificate from us for taking part!

Why Plymouth Startup Weekend Marine edition?

A global centre of excellence for Marine, Plymouth is one of the largest clusters of expertise in Europe and an ideal test-bed for innovation and entrepreneurship. Home to stunning natural harbours and the largest naval base in Europe, Plymouth will also soon be home to the UK’s first National Marine Park.

Alongside all of this, in 2020 Plymouth was also recognised as one of the top ten cities in the UK to launch a business, and it’s no wonder; we are incredibly lucky to be part of a city thriving with ingenuity and enterprise.

In collaboration with local business leaders and experts from the thriving South West marine industry, we’re inviting creative people from across Plymouth, AND BEYOND, to join us for a Startup Weekend with a focus on Marine! This event will support new and innovative marine-themed ideas to emerge and come to life in Plymouth.

With this event, we’ll be focusing on solving problems and filling gaps related to marine technology, renewables, cruise and leisure marine to boatbuilding, shipping, marine engineering and more…

It’s time for the innovators and changemakers to shine! Let your own experiences or the challenges of the world inspire you. Whether you have ideas to protect the Marine environment or to invent the next autonomous vessel, the ultimate objective of this event is to empower you to take any idea from concept to creation!

Now is the time to take your ideas for a new product, service or experience to the next level.

What happens?

Beginning with Friday night idea pitches, the event continues through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, culminating in Sunday night demos and pitches.

At this event you’ll be practicing pitching your own idea or listening to others. You’ll then get the opportunity to vote on what you feel is the most interesting concept, and form teams. In teams, you’ll work together on a business idea: design a prototype that fits the need of your target audience; deliver a pitch; receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs and then…likely change your approach entirely! As they say, teamwork makes the dream work – so bring your collaborative cap.

Read more about the event and see the full event schedule on our event page here.

What do you need to bring?

  • A laptop (and charger!)
  • Notepad
  • Business cards (optional)
  • Anything else that helps you to be most productive
  • And lastly, lots of energy!

How do I register? Plymouth Startup Weekend is a full, weekend long experience – 54 hours to be exact! Anyone can register by Thursday 11th November here, and your ticket includes:

  • 7 delicious meals over the course of the weekend and lots of coffee
  • benefits and discounts from Techstars global partners
  • one-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • a new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world
  • 3 workshops, multiple speakers and a whole lot of inspiration
  • a certificate for taking part to show off

What next? Check out our highlights video below for an idea of what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the ‘Tickets’ button now! Still have questions? Take a look at the participant FAQs here and feel free to reach us at or on our Facebook page.